Burdock - Burdock
Arctium lappaBurdock root is known for its sweet, mildly pungent flavor. The roots have a high nutritional value and have medicinal properties. The leaf stalks are also edible and cooked like celery. Mature plants reach 3' tall. Direct seed in early spring and harvest roots in summer like carrots. ~section~
|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100' Row||Average Yield / 100' Row||Days to Harvest|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|After Last Frost||65-85°F||Full/Part||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Choose a site with full sun-partial shade. Burdock prefers moist, well-drained soil but is tolerant of average to poor soils. Planting in well-loosened soil makes harvesting the roots easier.
Direct sow burdock seed outdoors in spring. Sow seeds 1" deep and 3-6" apart. Seeds will sprout in 6-12 days. Mature plants should be 6-12" apart.
Harvest burdock roots in the fall of its first year or the following spring.
Burdock is a biennial, meaning it flowers, sets seed and dies during its second year of growth. Allow plants to overwinter in your garden and purple flowers will appear the following summer. Seeds mature in fall. Collect seeds when flowers have dried and turned brown. Store seeds in a cool dry place. Seeds will remain viable for 2 years.